Chiefs keeper game for jersey battle


Chiefs have brought in a replacement for the departed Brilliant Khuzwayo in the form of Virgil Vries, who arrived on a free transfer after being released by Baroka FC last month.

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The 27-year-old brings with him a wealth of experience, having featured for the likes of Maritzburg United, Orlando Pirates Windhoek and Golden Arrows prior to his brief stint at Bakgaga.

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Bvuma, who made his Glamour Boys debut in April 2017, meanwhile, is undeterred by the addition of Vries and is adamantly targeting more game-time in the upcoming 2018/19 campaign, despite the presence of undisputed number-one Itumeleng Khune and fellow academy graduate Brylon Pieterse.

“[Pre-season] is tough, but I am enjoying it. There is healthy competition for places. Virgil is bringing in a lot of experience, and he’s a good goalkeeper,” reflected Bvuma on his club’s website.

“We are all helping each other. We are all looking forward to a competitive season. And when it comes to my personal ambitions, I would love to get some game-time.”

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In training, the 23-year-old shot-stopper has named veteran striker Bernard Parker as the most challenging opponent, due to his perceived Ronaldo-esque technique, before adding that he has been picking up tips from some of the world's best gloveman at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“The best [shooter in training] is Bernard Parker, because he has a bit of the Ronaldo technique, with the ball swerving towards you,” he explained.

“I like England’s Jordan Pickford and Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera. I often watch actions of goalkeepers on YouTube and I learn from that. I will check, for example, how they position themselves for crosses into the box or how they come out for one-on-one situations.”

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